Fall’s Most Eye-Catching Looks, With Tips on How to Nail Each Trend

Rachel Adler
Fall’s Most Eye-Catching Looks, With Tips on How to Nail Each Trend
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With each new season, there are a bevy of new trends to add to our beauty portfolios, leaving us with a ton of looks to lust after and new tricks to master. This fall 2012 season is no different, with rich jewel tones, sleek hair, proper ponytails and naked lashes all appearing on the runways. We saw beauty looks morph into balancing acts — instead of an all over color, makeup artists were choosing to apply product to either the lips or the eyes, leaving the rest of the face bare (even daring to leave the lashes sans mascara). Hair went one of two ways, either unraveling with loose waves and center parts or getting chic and sleek with almost wet updos.

But the trends that have stuck in our minds are the looks that really make a statement — the head turners, if you will. We worked with hairstylist Sean Gallagher of Sally Hershberger salon and makeup artist Eden Mills to break down some of this season’s biggest trends: wine lips, bold brows, slicked-back ponytails, loose 70’s waves, graphic liner and animal print nail art. We captured these trends for you at their finest, and also caught the experts mentioned above in the midst of completing each look and they willingly shared a few tips of their own. The lesson learned? Any trend can be mastered, the key is in putting a new spin on your old tricks.

Photographer: Meghan McGarry
Makeup: Eden Mills
Hairstylist: Sean Gallagher
Nail Artist: Amanda Kocis
Stylist: Allison St. Germain

Model: Isabella Farrell, Q Management
Model: Yenny Garcia, Q Management

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Graphic Liner: This season is all about experimenting
with your liner, taking the now standard cat eye up a knotch with extra shapes or lines, like we saw on runways at Anna Sui and Giorgio Armani.
Get the Look: Makeup artist Eden recommends using different colors
and always following the outside corner of the eye no matter what shape
you're going for. Bonus tip: Use waterproof gel options for added
precision, and something as simple as an extended cat eye on your upper lash line and a mirroring line below is a good way to try out the trend.

(Oak Blouse, $190, oaknyc.com; Collar Tips (Stylists' Own); Alexis Bittar Bracelets, $125 & 295, alexisbittar.com; The Great Frog Skull Ring, $200, thegreatfroglondon.com; Victoria Beckerman Spike Earrings, $52, viktoriabekerman.com)

Loose Waves: We saw a more relaxed look on the runway when it came to curls, with the hair at shows such as Yigal Azrouel and Rachel Zoe taking on the boho chic look.
Get the Look: The key to getting the '70s-inspired loose
wave look is to wrap your hair around a 1 1/4 inch iron (curling away
from the face) and leave the ends out, to give it that disheveled look.
Finish by spraying with Oribe Superfine Hairspray to hold.

(L: BCBG Colorblock Dress, $398, BCBG.com; R: Model's Own)

Slicked-Back Ponies: Ponytails are no longer reserved for the gym, and are now a red carpet staple. Between the sleek beauties we saw at Chanel and Emilia Clarke's showstopping Emmys ponytail, this look isn't going away anytime soon.
Get the Look: Hairstylist Sean Gallagher used Oribe's Gel Serum
and a fine tooth comb to slick back hair into a sleek pony, tying it
with a bungee instead of elastic for better hold. He then sprayed Sally Hershberger's Salon Keratin RX for added shine.

(L: H&M Collared Shirt, HM.com; H&M Collared Necklace, HM.com; Bod & Christensen Leather Dress, $440, cusp.com; R: Model's Own)

Wine Lips: Oxblood, burgundy and "wine" are pretty much the only shades
anyone is talking about for fall, so clearly you need to learn how to
get the look onto your lips
. Celebs rocked the look at the Met Ball (no one will forget Camilla Belle's look) and Gucci models paraded down the runway baring them.
Get the Look: Makeup artist Eden Mills recommends playing around with the "potency of the color, layering the product and then blotting it away." Make it last by always exfoliating before application. Find more tips for getting this look from our how to video.

(L: H&M Collared Blouse, HM.com; H&M Sweater, HM.com; Victoria Bekerman Necklace, $145, victoriabeckerman.com; R: Model's Own)

Bold Brows: Brows are certainly making a statement
this season, and a full brow can be the center of any look. While makeup artists still occasionally battle for a bleached brow during fashion week (eh hem, Pat McGrath), we're glad the natural brow has been embraced.
Get the Look:
recommends using a brow wax if you want a more intense look or a powder for a
more subtle look, and always remember that less is more -- you can add later. Tip: Play with various product shades for a more daring brow
(or for a fun night)!

(L: Urban Outfitters Cooperative Kitty Dress, $89, urbanoutfitters.com; Alexis Bittar Earrings, alexisbittar.com; R: Model's Own)

Leopard Print Nails: Nail art is sticking around (good news for all of you nail art junkies) but it's becoming a bit more refined for fall. Instead of all-out bling on your nails, add just a dash of a pattern in strategic places.
Get the Look:
Nail artist Amanda Kocis added a
bit of flair to fall's neutral nail polish trend with a touch of black
leopard print. Find out how to get the look yourself with her nail

(L: Urban Outfitters Spike Collar Blouse, $59, urbanoutfitters.com; Urban Outfitters Bustier, $34, urbanoutfitters.com; The Great Frog Picture Frame Ring, $300, thegreatfroglondon.com; R: Model's Own)

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